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Program Description

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) activity program supports the development of research capability at HBCUs that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines.

With support from the National Science Foundation, Delaware State University (DSU) will implement comprehensive strategies designed to expand DSU’s research and educational capability in an effort to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in the Applied Chemistry doctoral program and growing the diverse STEM workforce.

The goal of the program is to develop advanced nanomaterials for renewable energy applications while strengthening DSU’s research and educational capability in the Department of Chemistry by:

  1. Focusing on catalytic nanomaterials synthesis and characterization toward energy applications;
  2. Enabling the synergy of faculty participants in the context of the materials chemistry research;
  3. Developing new courses in materials chemistry and growing a network of material scientists in Delaware.  

The HBCU-RISE program at DSU will enhance the research infrastructure in Materials Chemistry, and increase the number of Ph.D. courses offered under the NSF-RISE grants.


Our mission is to enhance the graduate program in Applied Chemistry at Delaware State University by focusing the departmental research on discovery and application of advanced functional materials. The project’s research will serve as a model in the area of catalysis in renewable energy applications aiming to substantially increase the number of successful graduate student placement.

Program Features

Eligible applicants

All interested candidates aiming to pursue a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in the area of Chemistry must:

  • Have completed and obtained their undergraduate degree in chemistry or a closely related field
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have documented prior lab research experience (as undergraduate research or research internship)-at least one letter of recommendation;
  • GRE is required before DSU Graduate School acceptance.

Program Benefits

  • Student financial support (stipend and tuition) totaling $27500/graduate student
  • Individualized faculty mentoring and coaching